Swallows and Amazons

A 1939 edition from Jonathan Cape


Arthur Ransome, illustrated by the author with help from Miss Nancy Blackett


Jonathan Cape, London, 1939
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Printing Details

Reprint. Hardback bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 20.5 × 14cm, 375pp.

The Walker children—also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger—set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures.


A good reading copy of this fairly early printing. The green cloth has some scuffs and marks, and there is a little lean to the spine but the contents are in good clean condition, with one neat previous owner's name.



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